The Knights Armament End Plate QD Swivel Mount (Part No. KM24103-1) is way over priced and obsolete. Now there are QD endplates that are significantly cheaper and get the QD swivel in a location where it doesn’t rub against your hand as much.

That said, I absolutely love the look of this old part when used with a Magpul CTR stock.

Long ago, in some of the M16 chopped down to be survival rifles, and KAC also produced some pistol grips where an A2 grip was cut down. I had an extra A2 grip that was in really bad shape so I tried taking it to the band saw and the belt sander and cut it down a bit.

The smooth short grip allows me to choke up higher on the gun. For a smaller light weight set up like this pistol it gives a good bit of control over the gun. I like it.

But much to my annoyance, there was a little void in the plastic where the A2 nub was. So now that it was ground off, there is a little void in the front of this grip. That is going to annoy me as long as I use this grip.

Runaway Sub Cal Popa Survival 410 Shotgun Kit

Runaway Sub Cal Popa Survival 410 Shotgun Kit

Well that is a name that just rolls off the tongue.

When I saw this, I thought it was a joke. Still think it should be one.

This is a kit to build a single shot .410 shotgun that would be completed at home using some various pipe fittings. The kit costs $119.99 from this site, and you would need to procure some pipe fittings. The major draw of this is that you can buy the kit and have it shipped right to you with out having to have it go through a dealer.

Shows how silly our gun laws are. Personally, I think it would make more sense to pick up a used shotgun locally. But it is always good to have options. I wouldn’t pay $120 for one, but I am sure there is a market for it.

Chatter and Cold Weather Gear

A Marine I served with managed to track me down.  All he knew was my name and what state I was in and he found me.  So much for my personal OPSEC I suppose.  While I was talking to him on the phone I was joking that I was going to change my number as soon as we finished chatting.

So this guy has been out for about 11 years now, he got out shortly after me.  I got to listen to him talk about how we carried a real rifle (The M16A4) not like these youngins who carry a little toy and couldn’t handle the weight of a real gun.  Etc.

Maybe someday I will be able to rant about how back in my day we fired kinetic projectiles instead of super heated plasma and focused laser blasts.  I’m kinda looking forward to that, I want a ray gun.

Unrelated.  I was asked about cold weather gear.   I am from Florida, all other weather is cold weather to me.  I am about as far from an expert on this as possible.  But I shared what little I know.

It is commonly said that you should layer clothing in cold weather.  I have to agree with that as it seems to work best.  There are few things more miserable than working up a sweat when it is freezing out then having to stop and lay prone in an ambush while your sweat is freezing to your skin.   Laying helps prevent this as you can take off layers before you do strenuous activity  in the cold, and put layers back on when you know you are going to be stationary.

For example, when I had to do patrols in the winter I would wear wool socks.  Protecting  your feet is vitally important regardless of the temperature.  If it was very cold, I preferred to keep some sort of warming layer on under my pants, for example polypros.  Yes, your crotch is going to get very warm if your wearing these and running in the snow, but it often isn’t practical to drop trousers and switch warming layers on your legs.

On the other hand, it is very easy to switch clothing on your torso.  I preferred to wear an undershirt and switch layers on top.  If we were patrolling, or doing rapid movement, etc.  I wouldn’t wear a warming layer on my torso so that I wouldn’t overheat or sweat.  When we stopped and set up a position, then I was put a warming layer or layers on my torso.  Often in the snow or inclement weather I liked to wear Gortex.  Gortex also made a good windbreaker.  As a civilian I have a Gortex jacket that was designed for police officer that I like to wear when rains or gets really cold in FL (You know, like 70°).  The major downside to Gortex is that it is LOUD.  You can hear the noise the frabric makes for a long distance.  You don’t want to be wearing it on a reconnaissance patrol or ambush, etc.  Same goes for hunting, check your Gortex and make sure it won’t spook the prey.  I’ve read that newer Gortex is quieter, but I only own the one old jacket.  For example, if I was moving in the cold I might just wear a t-shirt and the BDU blouse, or the t-shirt and a Gortex top.  When we stopped moving then I would put on a wool sweater, polypros, sweats, or similar then put the BDU blouse or Gortex top back on over that.

Side note, chemical warfare cloathing such as MOPP gear can keep you dry and warm in very bad cold weather.  On the other hand it will keep you horribly miserable in any warm weather.

Don’t forget you lose a great deal of heat from your head, so it is good to have something warm to wear on your head.  For some unknown reason in the Corps we were never allowed to wear beanies under our helmets.  No one seemed to know why.  It was probably some sort of stupid tradition from 1850, I’d be that it was considered effeminate or something back then and became Marine Corps institutional inertia.  Much like how we weren’t allowed to put our hands in our pockets because back in 1900 it was considered effeminate and the Corps never forgets anything stupid.

If you have better advice for handling the cold, why don’t you post a comment and share it with us.